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Rachel WeiszRachel Weisz is following the yellow brick road, and it's leading her to… Jason Bourne's replacement?

Following up on last week's report that the Oscar-winning actress was in talks for a role in Sam Raimi's "Oz the Great and Powerful" comes word from Deadline that Weisz is in even deeper talks to join Jeremy Renner in "The Bourne Legacy." No details on who Weisz would be playing, sadly, and it's possible that she won't be able to pursue both projects due to overlapping shooting schedules. As always, stay tuned.

There's plenty more casting news past the jump, including Alec Baldwin's potential departure from "Rock of Ages" and Kiefer Sutherland's latest heist!


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Carrie UnderwoodAs "American Idol" continues its latest search on Thursday evening for the next big thing in pop culture, both contestants and the show's producers might want to take time out to peep the new trailer for "Soul Surfer." Why? Well, aside from showcasing a bit of shark-vs-human-arm action that's reason enough to warrant a viewing, the flick co-stars fourth-season "Idol" winner Carrie Underwood in her feature film debut.

Open your eyes, "Idol" wannabes: this is what a true superstar looks like. But Underwood is easing into Hollywood, taking a backseat in "Soul Surfer" to AnnaSophia Robb, who stars as Bethany Hamilton, the real-life wave-rider who lost her left arm in a vicious shark attack. Debuting over at, the trailer doesn't shy away from spotlighting Hamilton's attack (though we doubt the film will be as unsparing in its focus as was "127 Hours," which fixated on James Franco's self-amputation for what seemed like, oh, forever). The shark chomp-in-question features screaming, shaky camerawork, and a lot of foamy water; alas, there's no blood. Underwood plays a church youth leader who doles out inspirational lines like, "I don't know why terrible things happen to us sometimes, but I have to believe something good is going to come out of this." Read More...

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Marvel's 'Runaways'There was the Scooby Gang, there was the Buffy gang (who often called themselves the Scoobies), and then there are the Runaways (who don't call themselves anything). One's a witch, one's a mutant, one's an alien -- but they didn't know these things until they discovered that their parents were actually evil super-villains bent on destroying the world. So what did these teens do? They ran away, stealing whatever magical tools they could grab, and in so doing, became a misfit group of super-heroes, pledging to fight their parents and any other big bads who got in their way.

"Runaways" is a popular Marvel comic-book series, written by Brian K. Vaughan, who handed it over to Joss Whedon, and it's about to become a movie as well, with Vaughan scripting. We're confident he's got that covered, but what about the casting? Here are a few suggestions to get the "Runaways" moving. Read More...

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